[78-L] FW: Needed -- Fine Details on Bradley-McKinley

Dan Van Landingham danvanlandingham at yahoo.com
Wed Jul 17 16:26:23 PDT 2013

According to George T. Simon,Bradley never got back into the band business after he and McKinley parted company.I read that in his book "The Big Bands" back in 1968 when I was given that  book as a gift.I was 17 at the time.I had one Anita O'Day 78 on Signature with Bradley conducting on one side and Benny Carter on the other:"How High The Moon" and "Key Largo".There is more on the Miller -McKinley Army Air Force info in Simon's 1974 book on Glenn Miller.He was a CBS staff musician as I recall.I seems to me I read that by way of George T. Simon whom I had talked to in the late '80s when I found a reissue of Miller's '37 Decca recording of "Peg O'My Heart b/w "Moonlight Bay" in a junk store in North Bend,Oregon.This was in 1987.
On Wed, 7/17/13, Jeff Sultanof <jeffsultanof at gmail.com> wrote:

 Subject: Re: [78-L] FW: Needed -- Fine Details on Bradley-McKinley
 To: "78-L Mail List" <78-l at klickitat.78online.com>
 Date: Wednesday, July 17, 2013, 11:50 AM
 I do not remember where I read it,
 but I am almost positive that Bradley
 became a CBS network staff musician which would explain the
 connection. The Signature date you cite was a studio group.
 And you are
 correct, if he were in the military, Miller would have
 grabbed him in a
 second. He and McKinley would have gladly co-run the band
 after Miller
 died (there were no hard feelings between the two leaders at
 the time of
 the break-up. Both of them wanted to go in different musical
 Jeff Sultanof
 On Wed, Jul 17, 2013 at 12:26 PM, David Lewis <uncledavelewis at hotmail.com>wrote:
 > From: uncledavelewis at hotmail.com
 > To: 78-l at hotmail.com
 > Subject: Needed -- Fine Details on Bradley-McKinley
 > Date: Wed, 17 Jul 2013 15:47:08 +0000
 > A lot of sources say that the Will Bradley-Ray McKinley
 band broke up when
 > Ray decided to quit in either January of
 > February of 1942. And their Columbia contract ends in
 January as well. My
 > question is: did they really do so? I realize
 > that some of the men in Bradley-McKinley -- Peanuts
 Hucko being one --
 > went into the very short lived band that Ray
 > started afterward. But did Will Bradley attempt to
 continue? He is leading
 > a band for Signature in 1944 and still has
 > Billy Maxted in his retinue at that point.
 > Another question -- and this is easier -- is that imdb
 has Will Bradley
 > going into the military after the Bradley-McKinley
 > split. Sure; imdb is not a very reliable source for
 info about musicians,
 > but they brought it up. I show that Bradley
 > participated on some sides with Jimmy Lytell and
 Savannah Churchill for
 > Beacon later in 1942, was a guest on the
 > radio show "Beat the Band" on 11-3-1943 and on Mildred
 Bailey's radio
 > program 11-10-1944. That seems like an
 > awful lot of furlough for a military man. Also, had he
 been in the
 > service, I doubt that Glenn Miller would have allowed
 > him to evade the draft into the AEF band, despite his
 enmity with Ray
 > McKinley.
 > So did Will Bradley spend the war in the war, or on the
 > Uncle Dave Lewis
 > uncledavelewis at hotmail.com
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